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ORCID and other researcher identifiers: About ORCID

This guide gives an overview of unique author identifiers. It also gives information about the implementation of ORCID at Stellenbosch University.

What is ORCID

Open Researcher en Contributor ID (ORCID) is a non-profit organisation funded by institutional memberships, grant-making organisations and wide variety of research organisations and publishers.


A persistent, unique, numeric identifier for individual researchers and creators.

It distinguishes you from researchers and creators with the same or similar names.

ORCID is similar to ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, ISNI and other systems for identifying and distinguishing researchers and creators, but ORCID is rapidly becoming a universal system. It brings together disparate publication data and interoperate with a wide variety of information systems.

Why should I get an ORCID iD

Benefits and advantages of using ORCID:

  • Author disambiguation
  • Tracking the output of researchers
  • Funders are embedding ORCID identifiers in their grant submission systems
  • Associations are integrating into membership renewal, publishing and meeting registration
  • Publishers are integrating into manuscript submission and author/reviewer databases.
  • Repositories are linking with deposition, search and updating.

6 reasons to have an ORCID ID:

  • Distinguish yourself
  • ORCID is becoming an international standard
  • It's open to all, non-profit, community-driven
  • Your ORCID ID belongs to you and stays with you throughout your career
  • Endorsed by the "Policy on the Publication of Research"
  • It's quick and easy

10 things you need to know about ORCID and its importance to you:

1.  ORCIDs protect your unique scholarly identity
2.  Creating an ORCID identifier takes 30 seconds
3.  ORCID is getting big fast
4.  ORCID lasts longer than your e-mail address
5.  ORCID supports 37 types of "works", from articles to dance performances
6.  You control who views your ORCID information
7.  ORCID is glue for all your research services
8.  Journals, funders and institutions are moving to ORCID
9.  When everyone has an ORCID identifier, scholarship gets better
10. ORCID is open source, open data, and community driven

Submitted by Rebecca Bryant on Fri, 2014-04-25 21:46

Import your peer review activity with Publons

The peer review section of your ORCID record recognises individual contributions that you have made to other organisations. These contributions can include evaluation of journal articles and books, as well as conference programs, grant award applications, and hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions. Unlike other sections of the ORCID record, reviews are automatically aggregated together based on a group identifier, usually for the organization or publication which organized the review. 

Peer reviews can only be added to your ORCID record by a trusted organization. This can be done by the organizer of the review or evaluation, such as a publisher, society, funder, or research institution, or it can be done by a third-party review recognition service, such as Publons, which works with review organizers to recognize your reviews. In both cases, in order for your ORCID record to be updated, you will need to verify your iD by signing into ORCID, and grant the review organizer or third-party recognition review permission to update your ORCID record with information about your review contribution.

Read more about peer review activities in your ORCID record.

Read more about how to add your peer review activities from Publons.

Add your information / work / publications

Update your personal information

Click on the Account settings tab at the top of the screen to edit your settings, e.g. add or alter your e-mail address, change password, etc.

In My ORCID record you can update your personal information, add education and employment information.

Add your publications

There are four ways to add works to your ORCID record yourself:

  1. Add works by direct import from other systems to import links to your publications and other works to your ORCID record from other databases. This is the recommended process because it reduces or eliminates errors, and enables a reliable connection between your ORCID iD and your works

  2. Add works using an identifier
  3. Importing works from a BibTeX file

  4. Add works manually

Auto-update of records

It is possible to allow publishers and databases such as Crossref or DataCite to use your ORCID information and to update automatically. For example: If you allow Crossref to update your ORCID record it will from then on automatically add your new publications to your ORCID record.

Researchers need to do two things: (1) use your ORCID iD when submitting a paper or dataset, and (2) authorize Crossref and DataCite to update your ORCID record. Please read more about this very useful function here:


Import your work from Google Scholar Citation Profile

To import your publications from your Google Scholar Citation Profile, you will need to first export the publications list from Google Scholar in BibTeX format. 

From your Google Scholar Citation profile page, select all your publications, then click Export to a BibTeX file.  Once this is saved, login to your ORCID profile and under Works, select Add Works > Import BibTeX, and follow the instructions.

Detailed instructions on how to do this and to import the list into ORCID can be found here.